In order to participate on one of the Sierra Club’s outings, you will need to sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read a copy of the waiver prior to the outing, please see http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/ or call 415-977-5630.

In the interests of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make carpooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them.  Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.

The Outing Committee has worked to find better ways to reach out to interested people regarding scheduled Outings or last-minute ones.  We now have a Meetup Group site; to join, first register with http://Meetup.com and then join our Group (http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/) to get the latest info on Outings and other events.  The Miami Group website (http://miami.ohiosierraclub.org/outings-list/) also has more up-to-date outings info than the Happenings newsletter.

INCLEMENT WEATHER may cancel an Outing. Be sure to check with a leader before heading out to an Outing if you question the weather.

Note: Following each outing description is a “level-of-difficulty” rating: easy to 4-strenuous. This indicates roughly how difficult an outing is likely to be. If in doubt about your skills or endurance, explore plans with the trip leader first. 

September

Tues. Sept. 2, Service Outing on the Little Miami Bike Path 1. We maintain the right of way of the bike path by clearing honeysuckle and other debris. Sturdy boots and gloves are advisable. We meet at Avoca Park at 5:30 p.m. and work for a couple of hours. Bring loppers and other cutters. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Wed. Sept. 3, Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2.  A moderate fitness 25-mile bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Optional lunch at Just Q’in BBQ after the ride. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Notes: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker. There is no address for this parking lot; it’s 150 yards from Wooster Pike (route 50) on Newtown Road, just past the small bridge over the Little Miami River.

Fri. Sept. 5, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 9 a.m. Park on the big circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473.

Mon. Sept. 8, Service Outing on the Little Miami Bike Path 1. We maintain the right of way of the bike path by clearing honeysuckle and other debris. Sturdy boots and gloves are advisable. We meet at Avoca Park at 9:30 a.m. and work for a couple of hours. Bring loppers and other cutters. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to RSVP or for other details.

Tues. Sept 9; Go Paddling on the Little Miami River 3-4.  Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM or sunset if earlier.  Come join us on the Scenic Little Miami River.  This outing is for recent kayak school students or more experienced paddlers.  You will need your own equipment including a PFD and helmet; your boat must be registered in Ohio if you reside in Ohio.  Contact:  Marian Fischer 513-831-3923 or fischnote@fuse.net to register or ask questions.  Lynn Frock & Linda Fahrenholtz are Co-leaders.  For more information on our schools go to www.CincinnatiKayaks.org.

Wed. Sept. 10, Bike Otto Armleder Park 1-2. A moderate fitness 20-mile bike ride, beginning from the far parking lot (past the dog park) at 9 a.m. We’ll circle the Armleder paths, then take the connector path to the Lunken Field bike path, and return to Armleder. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Armleder is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker.

Thurs. Sept. 11; Day Hike 1-2. Meet at a Frisch’s at 9 a.m. for an optional breakfast followed by a one – two hour hike at a near-by park or hiking area at 10 a.m. We are usually off the trail by about Noon. We decide where to hike usually Tuesday afternoon before the hike depending on the weather then send around an e-mail with the details. If you want to be put on this e-mail list, send an e-mail to Alvin Denenberg at alvingden@gmail.com.

Thurs. Sept. 11, Service Outing on the Little Miami Bike Path 1. We maintain the right of way of the bike path by clearing honeysuckle and other debris. Sturdy boots and gloves are advisable. We meet at Avoca Park at 5:30 p.m. and work for a couple of hours. Bring loppers and other cutters. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Fri. Sept. 12, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 9 a.m. Park on the big circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473.

Sat. Sept. 13, Sharon Woods Early Explorers Hike 2. Enjoy an end of summer brisk 5 mile trek through the woods. We’ll set out from the Sharon Centre parking lot promptly at 9 a.m. and possibly wander off the beaten (and paved) track a bit. Enter on the Route 42 side of the park. Call Maria Eckhoff at 513-769-5413 before 8:30 p.m. if you need directions.

Sun. Sept 14, Bike from Cesar Creek State Park 3. We will meet at the visitor center at 10 AM and bike for 30-35 miles. Bring a lunch and helmets are required. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Wed. Sept. 17, Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2.  A moderate fitness 25-mile bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Optional lunch at Just Q’in BBQ after the ride. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Notes: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker. There is no address for this parking lot; it’s 150 yards from Wooster Pike (route 50) on Newtown Road, just past the small bridge over the Little Miami River.

Fri. Sept. 19, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 9 a.m. Park on the big circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473.

Sat. Sept. 20, Bike the Miami Whitewater Bike Trail 1-2. We will meet up at the Miami Whitewater Parking Lot located in Harrison and bike from there around the park. Total distance each time around is about 8.6 miles. There will be the opportunity to go around either twice or three times (16-24 miles). Casual, moderate pace with plenty of time to stop for water and snacks. There will also be an opportunity to stop at the bird sanctuary if interested. MUST wear a helmet. Other items recommended are water, snacks, a biking mirror, bike lights, maybe a light rain jacket in case of any change in weather, sun glasses, bike pump, bike tube, and maybe a saddle bag. Leader:  RSVP to Evan Denenberg via email evanmoceans@aol.com or by phone at (513) 317-4604. Note: This is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker.

Sat. Sept. 20, Glenwood Gardens Get Up N’ Go Hike 2. The seasons are a’changin’ and so is Glenwood Gardens. Join me for an invigorating fall hike. We leave the gatehouse promptly at 9 a.m. Located at the end of Glendale-Milford Rd. at Rt. 4 (next to McDonalds). We’ll hike about 3 miles through a variety of restored ecosystems. Call Maria Eckhoff at 513-769-5413 before 8:30 p.m. if you need directions.

Sun. Sept. 21, Service Outing on the Little Miami Bike Path 1. We maintain the right of way of the bike path by clearing honeysuckle and other debris. Sturdy boots and gloves are advisable. We meet at 10 a.m. at Avoca Park and work for a few hours. Bring loppers and other cutters. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Tues. Sept 23; Go Paddling on the Little Miami River 3-4.  Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM or sunset if earlier.  Come join us on the Scenic Little Miami River.  This outing is for recent kayak school students or more experienced paddlers.  You will need your own equipment including a PFD and helmet; your boat must be registered in Ohio if you reside in Ohio.  Contact:  Marian Fischer 513-831-3923 or fischnote@fuse.net to register or ask questions.  Lynn Frock & Linda Fahrenholtz are Co-leaders.  For more information on our schools go to www.CincinnatiKayaks.org.

Wed. Sep 24, Bike Otto Armleder Park 1-2. A moderate fitness 20-mile bike ride, beginning from the far parking lot (past the dog park) at 9am. We’ll circle the Armleder paths, then take the connector path to the Lunken Field bike path, and return to Armleder. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Armleder is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker.

Thurs. Sept 25; Day Hike 1-2. Meet at a Frisch’s at 9:00 a.m. for an optional breakfast followed by a one – two hour hike at a near-by park or hiking area at 10 a.m. We are usually off the trail by about Noon. We decide where to hike usually Tuesday afternoon before the hike depending on the weather then send around an e-mail with the details. If you want to be put on this e-mail list, send an e-mail to Alvin Denenberg at alvingden@gmail.com.

Fri. Sept. 26, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 9 a.m. Park on the big circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473.

Fri.-Sun. Sept. 26, 27, 28; Backpacking Trip – Big South Fork NRRA 3-4. Meet @11 a.m. Friday at Florence Wal-Mart, return 6 p.m. Sunday. Hike the Fall Creek Trail and Grand Gap Loop Trail. 400′ elevation changes, 5-8 miles per day. Keep it light. Group Limit: 8. Shared expense: NPS Backcountry Permit Fee. Contact Dan for a great trip at 513-939-1468, or through http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Sun. Sept. 28, Day Hike in Clifton Gorge 2. This will be a leisurely hike to view the early signs of autumn and take some time to see what is happening in the small town of Clifton. The Mill is always a good spot for a meal so we will time the hike for a stop there. Contact Elizabeth Durrell at 513-481-1926 or ejdurrell@ mac.com for details. 

Tue. Sept. 30 – Fri. Oct. 3, Highlands Nature Preserve, Beechcliff House Rental 1. Cost $75/person for 3 nights. Hiking, boating, Amish County, Indian Mounds, in area. House sleeps 10. Call Julia Gilman at 521-1149, or JGilmanGTO@aol.com.

October

Wed. Oct 1, Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2. A moderate fitness 25-mile bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Optional lunch at Just Q’in BBQ after the ride. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Notes: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker. There is no address for this parking lot; it’s 150 yards from Wooster Pike (route 50) on Newtown Road, just past the small bridge over the Little Miami River.

Fri. Oct. 3, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 9 a.m. Park on the big circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473.

Sat. Oct. 4, Sharon Woods Early Explorers Hike 2. Enjoy the fall colors and get your heart pumping on a brisk 5 mile trek through the woods. We’ll set out from the Sharon Centre parking lot promptly at 9:00 a.m. and possibly wander off the beaten (and paved) track a bit. Enter on the Route 42 side of the park. Call Maria Eckhoff at 513-769-5413 before 9 p.m. if you need directions.

Mon. Oct. 6, Service Outing on the Little Miami Bike Path 1. We maintain the right of way of the bike path by clearing honeysuckle and other debris. Sturdy boots and gloves are advisable. We meet at Avoca Park at 5 p.m. and work for a couple of hours. Bring loppers and other cutters. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/

Wed. Oct 8, Bike Otto Armleder Park 1-2. A moderate fitness 20-mile bike ride, beginning from the far parking lot (past the dog park) at 9am. We’ll circle the Armleder paths, then take the connector path to the Lunken Field bike path, and return to Armleder. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Armleder is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker.

Thurs. Oct. 9; Day Hike 1-2. Join us to enjoy the Fall Colors! Meet at a Frisch’s at 9 a.m. for an optional breakfast followed by a one – two hour hike at a near-by park or hiking area at 10 a.m. We are usually off the trail by about Noon. We decide where to hike usually Tuesday afternoon before the hike depending on the weather then send around an e-mail with the details. If you want to be put on this e-mail list, send an e-mail to Alvin Denenberg at alvingden@gmail.com.

Tues. Oct 9; Go Paddling on the Little Miami River 3-4.  Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM or sunset if earlier.  Come join us on the Scenic Little Miami River.  This outing is for recent kayak school students or more experienced paddlers.  You will need your own equipment including a PFD and helmet; your boat must be registered in Ohio if you reside in Ohio.  Contact:  Marian Fischer 513-831-3923 or fischnote@fuse.net to register or ask questions.  Lynn Frock & Linda Fahrenholtz are Co-leaders.  For more information on our schools go to www.CincinnatiKayaks.org.

Fri. Oct. 10, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 9 a.m. Park on the big circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473.

 Sat. Oct 11, Bike the Roads of Northern Ky. 3-4. We will meet at Pendery Park on route 8 at 10 a.m. and bike for 25-30 miles. The route includes one big hill. Bring a lunch and helmets are required. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

 Mon. Oct. 13, Service Outing on the Little Miami Bike Path 1. We maintain the right of way of the bike path by clearing honeysuckle and other debris. Sturdy boots and gloves are advisable. We meet at Avoca Park at 5 p.m. and work for a couple of hours. Bring loppers and other cutters. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Thurs.-Sun. Oct. 16-19, Backpack in or near the Cranberry Wilderness (W. VA.) 3-4. We will leave at 7 a.m. on Thurs. and return at about 8 p.m. Sunday. We will cover about 25 miles. The trip is suitable for experienced backpackers. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Fri. Oct. 17, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 9 a.m. Park on the big circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473.

Sat. Oct. 18, Day Hike in Boone Cliffs Nature Preserve 3. We will head for N. KY to hike Boone Cliffs Nature Preserve, a truly unique local scenic spot along the Ohio River. We should have good views of these conglomerate cliffs left as glacial out wash as we hike the forested trails. Hiking boots required and poles recommended. Contact Elizabeth Durrell at 513-481-1926 or ejdurrell@ mac.com for details. Additional option will be to pack a lunch and head for Big Bone Lick which is close by. The Salt Festival will be going on and there will be much of interest for young and old to view and enjoy at this site of historic significance.

Tues. Oct. 21, Service Outing on the Little Miami Bike Path 1. We maintain the right of way of the bike path by clearing honeysuckle and other debris. Sturdy boots and gloves are advisable. We meet at Avoca Park at 5 p.m. and work for a couple of hours. Bring loppers and other cutters. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Tues. Oct 21; Go Paddling on the Little Miami River 3-4.  Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM or sunset if earlier.  Come join us on the Scenic Little Miami River.  This outing is for recent kayak school students or more experienced paddlers.  You will need your own equipment including a PFD and helmet; your boat must be registered in Ohio if you reside in Ohio.  Contact:  Marian Fischer 513-831-3923 or fischnote@fuse.net to register or ask questions.  Lynn Frock & Linda Fahrenholtz are Co-leaders.  For more information on our schools go to www.CincinnatiKayaks.org.

Thurs. Oct. 23; Day Hike 1-2. Join us to enjoy the Fall Colors! Meet at a Frisch’s at 9 a.m. for an optional breakfast followed by a one – two hour hike at a near-by park or hiking area at 10 a.m. We are usually off the trail by about Noon. We decide where to hike usually Tuesday afternoon before the hike depending on the weather then send around an e-mail with the details. If you want to be put on this e-mail list, send an e-mail to Alvin Denenberg at alvingden@gmail.com.

Fri.-Sun. Oct. 24-26; Service Outing in Red River Gorge, 2-3. For more information see write-up elsewhere in the Happenings or contact Elizabeth Durrell at 513-481-1926 or ejdurrell@mac.com for details.

Sat. Oct. 25, Glenwood Gardens Get Up N’ Go Hike 2. The seasons are a’changin’ and so is Glenwood Gardens. Join me for an invigorating fall hike. We leave the gatehouse promptly at 9 a.m. Located at the end of Glendale-Milford Rd. at Rt. 4 (next to McDonalds). We’ll hike about 3 miles through a variety of restored ecosystems. Call Maria Eckhoff at 513-769-5413 before 8:30 p.m. if you need directions.

Fri.-Sun. Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Backpack in the Red River Gorge 2. A fairly challenging beginner backpack trip. Camp at a campground Friday night. About 8 miles on Saturday, 5 on Sunday. Route to be determined based on the skill-level of participants. Supply your own tent and stove; dress for the weather; wear good hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water, snacks, and food. RSVP to Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 for exact Meetup time & place.